Atlanta Commits to 100% Renewable Energy

Last week, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a measure from Councilman (and mayoral candidate) Kwanza Hall that commits the city to a goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2035. The resolution directs the Atlanta Office of Sustainability to develop a plan by January of next year for the city to transition its operations to clean energy by 2025 and “community-wide” by 2035. “That includes interim milestones, budget estimates, equity metrics, estimated financial impacts, financing mechanisms, and the percentage of clean energy that shall be locally and distributively generated.”

In its resolution, the city was complimentary of Georgia Power’s effort to bring solar and wind into its generation mix but noted that the overall percentage of these resources remains less than 2%. The city of Atlanta ranks 40th out of the 50 largest U.S. cities in solar installations. This resolution makes Atlanta the 27th city to commit to 100% clean energy.

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